8 Reasons the Rowing Machine Rocks

updated January 1, 2019

Getting an exercise machine is a big investment. If you're going to devote a couple hundred dollars (or a couple thousand as is the case with some pieces of home gym equipment) and a significant amount of floor space, you want something that will provide both maximum impact and maximum enjoyment.

A rowing machine is one of the best exercise machines you can choose, especially if you only have room for one machine in your house.

Not sure whether a rowing machine is right for you? Here are 8 reasons why people love rowing machines and why a home rowing machine should be top of your list for home gym cardio equipment:

Rowing Machine Benefits Summary

  • Lighter and requires less space than a treadmill
  • Lighter than many top model recumbent exercise bikes
  • ​Many can be folded for easy storage
  • It's the only cardio machine to give a whole body workout

Let's take a look in a little more detail...

1. Intense calorie burning potential


Rowing is one of the most efficient exercises for the human body. Competitive rowers actually burn twice as many calories on a 2,000 meter course as runners do on a 3,000 meter course. If you're trying to lose weight rowing is one of the most effective exercises you can do.

2. Full body workout

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Every major muscle group is impacted by rowing: your calves, your glutes, biceps, triceps, even abdominal muscles and back muscles are all strengthened during a rowing session. Rowing is more effective for overall toning and health than most cardio exercises/machines because it gives a significant strength boost to your upper body.

3. Reduced risk of injury

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A rowing machine is designed to simulate real rowing which means sitting down. This protects your knees and ankles from injuries so common to running and other intense forms of exercise. If you're rowing with proper form you'll also naturally be protecting your wrists from any extra impact. Rowing is one of the safest forms of exercise you can do, perfect for elderly or obese people.

4. Stabilizes you physically

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Rowing is an excellent way to improve your balance and general coordination. It does this by strengthening your core muscles and the lower back muscles that most heavily impact balance, protecting you from falls and allowing you to make a wider range of movements.

5. Improves joint mobility

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A rowing machine doesn't just protect your joints, it strengthens them and the muscles around them so you can enjoy a greater range of movement and prolonged flexibility.

6. Enhances cardio

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The best thing about rowing is the number of positive effects it has. It is both a strength training exercise and an aerobic exercise. In fact, it's one of the most effective aerobic exercises you can do.

7. Reduces stress

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By now you've probably heard about how exercise can reduce stress and even depression at least a hundred times. Rowing is one of the best exercises for reducing stress because of the simple, repetitive movement and the low impact nature of the exercise. If you get the chance to go rowing outside in a national park you'll experience the ultimate calm.

8. It's affordable

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Exercise machines can get expensive quick, but there are many quality rowing machines that are affordable to the regular person. The cheapest rowing machines can be as low as $200 but you'll want to spend a little bit more money and get a $300-$400 model as a starting point. Home Fitness Talk lists many machines can cost as high as $1000-$2000, but you don't need to invest anywhere near that to begin with.

$300-$400 is still quite affordable when compared to other rowing machines and is a worthwhile investment when you consider that you'd spend $50-100 every month to have access to the same machine at the gym.

8. Summing Up

A rowing machine is an excellent investment in your health and your family's health. Make sure to read as many reviews as possible and head to your local equipment shop (if there is one) to test different rowing machines out before you make a purchase. You'll be grateful you took the time to choose the right one when you're enjoying your rowing sessions several years from now.

8 of the top rowing machine benefits